Former Ploughshares guest-editor Lorrie Moore‘s A Gate at the Stairs was recently chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. Moore guest-edited Ploughshares Vol. 24/2, a special all-fiction issue.
In an August review of the book, critic Jonathan Lethem called her “the most irresistible contemporary American writer: brainy, humane, unpretentious and warm; seemingly effortlessly lyrical; Lily-Tomlin-funny.” The novel stars Tassie Keltjin, a twenty year old Wisconsin student whose passion for life far exceeds her current abilities to live it. She takes a job as a nanny to an eccentric couple pending their adoption of a child, and embarks on an affair with a mysterious foreign student. Meanwhile, her younger brother enlists in the military after 9/11, causing Tassie to feel the pressure of both her family and her class upon her. A Gate at the Stairs is Moore’s first novel in over a decade.
View the book on Amazon.com.
Lorrie Moore is the author of three novels and three short story collections and in 2002 she published a children’s book titled The Forgotten Helper. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories of the Century, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. Moore is currently a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lorrie Moore guest-edited the Fall 1998 issue of Ploughshares. The issue includes
fiction by writers such as Charles Baxter, Gish Jen, and Mona Simpson, book recommendations from Robert Pinsky and Gary Soto, and an original introduction by Lorrie Moore herself. Of the issue, she says, “[the stories] are contained in very specific dramatic circumstances or richly nuanced settings that show off each writer’s particular genius; and so, the stories startle, remind, refresh, take aback, and powerfully engage the reader.”
You can order Lorrie Moore’s Fall 1998 issue of Ploughshares here: